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The 7 Best Gaming Headsets - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Gaming Headsets

A good headset can make a big difference when playing games. Whether you like to get immersed in the game with the music of sound effects or if you need to hear every enemy footstep to know where they are, choosing the right pair of headphones for you can be quite a task. You should look at overall build quality, how comfortable they are, how they sound, and if the microphone sounds good. If you don’t need a microphone, most wired audiophile headphones would be a good option.

We've tested over 675 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headsets to buy for gaming. Also, see our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets, the best Xbox One headsets, the best PS5 headsets, and the best Xbox Series X/S headsets.


  1. Best Gaming Headset

    The best headphones for gaming we've tested are the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These headphones offer a very comfortable fit for long gaming sessions and have a sturdy, durable build. Using their wireless transmitter, they provide a very low latency connection, so you shouldn't have audio syncing issues when you're gaming.

    Their boom mic has an impressive overall performance, so your voice sounds full-bodied and clear, even if you're playing with some noise in the background. Out of the box, they have a very neutral sound profile, with a bit of extra punch and boom in the bass range that can help to bring out sound effects in action-packed games. If you prefer a different sound, the headphones' companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.

    Unfortunately, unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless, they don't support virtual surround sound for a more immersive listening experience. Also, if you want to use to connect them via optical a PS5, you need to buy an adapter separately. If you buy the PS4 variant, they work with PS5 consoles via USΒ, although some users have noticed a drop in audio quality when they connect that way. Either variant is fully compatible with PCs, making this the best PC gaming headset we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Wireless Gaming Headset For Battery Life

    If you're looking for a gaming headset with great battery performance, the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is the best we've tested. The manufacturer advertises these headphones to last for more than 300 hours off of a single charge, so they're worth considering if you don't want to recharge your headset very often. Their auto-off timer can also help conserve battery life when you're not using them.

    They have a well-balanced, slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your audio, while instruments and lead vocals are clear and detailed. Unlike other ΗyperX headphones we've tested, their companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. Their mic makes your voice sound clear when you're gaming with friends, even with some noise in the background. They also offer a low latency wireless connection, so your game audio and visuals stay in sync.

    Unfortunately, like most gaming headphones, they don't isolate you from ambient noise, so it's better to use them in a fairly quiet setting. You also don't have the option to use them wired if they run out of power, but their extremely long continuous battery life means you don't need to worry about recharging every day.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Gaming Headset

    The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is the best wired gaming headset that we've tested. You can purchase these headphones in either a PS4 or Xbox One variant; it's important to get the right variant for your console. They also come with a MixAmp, which offers controls like channel mixing, EQ presets, and volume as you game. It offers a few inputs, and you can daisy-chain several amps together if you're at a gaming tournament.

    They have a comfortable fit with soft padding and feel well-built. Their ear cups have swappable speaker tags, and you can purchase different styles from the manufacturer to give the headphones a different look. Thanks to their open-back design, they have a great passive soundstage to help immerse you in your audio. They also have a warm default sound profile to help bring out sound effects in your gameplay. Their detachable boom mic does a great job of recording your voice and can separate it from background noise so that you're heard clearly.

    Unfortunately, they leak a lot of audio due to their open-back design, and others around you can hear it, even in a moderately noisy environment. They don't block much background noise. If you plan to game in quieter spaces like at home, they're a suitable wired choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Gaming Headset With Xbox Wireless

    The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless is the best headset with Xbox Wireless that we've tested. You may prefer these headphones to our top pick if you have an Xbox since they can connect wirelessly to these consoles. Their USΒ dongle provides a low latency connection, so you shouldn't notice audio-syncing issues while you game.

    Their default sound profile is very boomy, which can help bring out sound effects like explosions in action-packed games. You can also tweak their sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion software. They last for about 23 hours off of a single charge, so you don't need to recharge them too often, and you can use them passively in a pinch. Their boom mic delivers a great performance, so they're suitable for online gaming, even if you're not in a totally quiet environment.

    Unfortunately, their stretchy headband design makes them prone to inconsistent sound delivery, so it's important to adjust their fit and positioning to hear the same sound every time you use them. Also, unlike headphones like the Razer Kaira, which support Xbox Wireless as well as Βluetooth, you can't pair them to your phone to stream music while you play. Otherwise, if you're looking for wireless headphones to use with Xbox, they're a great choice.

    See our review

  5. Best Gaming Headset Under $100

    If you want to spend less than $100 on a gaming headset, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is the best that we've tested in that price range. These headphones come with a wireless dongle that provides a low latency connection, so you shouldn't have audio syncing issues while you game. You can also use them wired if you prefer.

    They're decently comfortable and last for just over 25 hours off a single charge. Out of the box, they have a warm default sound profile that adds punch to sound effects in action-packed games. Their companion software also features a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to customize their sound to your tastes. The boom mic performs decently overall, so when you're gaming with friends, they can understand you even with some noise in the background.

    Unfortunately, they're mostly plastic, and the ear cup hinges feel like a weak point. Ηowever, the cable is detachable, which makes it easier to replace if it's damaged. Overall, if you're looking for a budget-friendly headset, this one offers versatile, customizable performance.

    See our review

  6. Βest Βudget Gaming Ηeadset

    The best budget gaming headset that we've tested is the Logitech G432 Gaming Ηeadset. These wired headphones offer a very good mic performance, so if you're gaming with friends, your voice sounds clear even if you're in a moderately noisy place. Their lightweight, comfortable fit is suitable for long gaming sessions as well.

    Their sound profile lacks a bit of low bass, but the slightly overemphasized high-bass response adds extra boom to your audio, which can help to bring out sound effects in games. They have fantastic mic accuracy, so dialogue in cutscenes reproduce clearly and accurately. Their companion app also offers a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. They come with a USB dongle that provides a low-latency connection, so your game audio and visuals should stay in sync while you're gaming.

    Unfortunately, the dongle doesn't work with Xbox, limiting the headphones' versatility a bit. You can plug them into a controller for full mic and audio support, but you can't use the customization features in the companion app when connected this way. Otherwise, if you're looking for the best PC gaming headset, these offer a strong mic performance and low latency for gaming.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a suitable alternative to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 if you're looking for more versatility from your headphones. They support Bluetooth and have a better overall battery performance. However, their non-Bluetooth wireless latency is high. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are comfortable gaming headphones compatible with SteelSeries Engine software. Their microphone performance isn't as impressive as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are a suitable lower-cost alternative to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. However, they don't have a dock station. See our review
  • ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless: The ROCCAT Elo 7.1 AIr is a wireless gaming headset with a virtual surround sound feature. Unfortunately, they aren't Bluetooth-compatible, have inconsistent audio delivery, and don't block out a lot of ambient noise. See our review
  • Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset: The Logitech G933 are wireless gaming headphones with a very good boom mic performance and many customization features in their companion software. However, they have shorter continuous battery life and higher non-Βluetooth latency. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II: The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II is a very well-built wired gaming headset that's impressively comfortable but doesn't sound as good as the other options on this list and isn't customizable. See our review
  • Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset: The Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset has great features and customization options. However, the boom mic doesn't perform as well as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and they aren't as comfortable. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha S: The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is a remarkably well-built and impressively comfortable wired gaming headset with a great microphone. Design is less versatile than the Logitech G533, and they only have a bass slider, which isn't as helpful as a full graphic EQ. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Stinger: The HyperX Cloud Stinger are budget gaming headphones with a comfortable fit and an amazing microphone performance, but they aren't as customizable as the Logitech G432. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 1: The SteelSeries Arctis 1 are budget-friendly gaming headphones with a detachable boom microphone, but they aren't as comfortable or customizable as the Logitech G432. See our review
  • Audeze Penrose Wireless: The Audeze Penrose are wireless planar magnetic gaming headphones. Their wireless USB dongle provides low-latency audio transmission, but they're also Bluetooth compatible. Their detachable boom microphone doesn't perform as well as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and they aren't as well-built. See our review
  • Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset: The Logitech are wireless gaming headphones with a great mic recording quality and in-app sound customization features. Ηowever, they aren't as well-built as the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless and have shorter continuous battery life. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 20, 2022: Added the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Gaming Headset For Battery Life'. Moved the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.

  2. Apr 22, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  3. Mar 22, 2022: Replaced the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset with the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless because the Logitech's price has increased.

  4. Feb 17, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  5. Jan 10, 2022: Replaced the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless with the Arctis 7X Wireless as some users have reported audio stuttering issues with the 9X. Also renamed the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox 'Bluetooth Alternative'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our headphones reviews, sorted by their wireless gaming performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you don't care about having a microphone or wireless features.

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